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5 Ways to Punch Up Your White Wedding Dress

Jul 31, 2009

Just because your wedding dress is white doesn’t mean that it has to be bland and boring. In fact, having a simple white wedding dress can be a great idea for brides that want to celebrate their accessories and draw attention to things like their hairstyles or shoes. Want to make your wedding day ensemble pop? Try out one of these 5 ways to accessorize your wedding dress:

Go Beyond the Veil

A rising trend amongst stylish brides is to let their imaginations – and their hairstyles- go wild. Give your dress a chance to accent your hair by choosing intricate or interesting hair pieces that go beyond the traditional veil. Flowers, feathers, vintage hats, and other handmade creations can be a great way to add flair to your wedding look.

Punchy Colored Shoes

Brightly colored shoes in shades of aqua, fuschia, red, lime, or violet are making a splash on runways and on aisles around the world. Adding a pair of funky shoes to your wedding ensemble can be a great way to express your personality while adding dimension to your overall look. Plus it gives you a chance to break out those fabulous embellished heels you’ve been saving for a perfect day.

Bold Jewelry

Large, structured pieces or colorful collections of jewels can add color and style to your overall look, especially if you’re choosing a simple dress that is sleek, slim, or short. Just be sure that you choose something formal enough for your occasion.

Belts, Sashes, and Ribbons – Oh, My!

Adding on a colorful belt, ribbon, or sash to your gown can be a great way to pump up the attitude on your overall look. Play with different colors, textures, or even metals to get the look that you’ve always wanted.

More than Just a Jacket

Great for winter and autumn brides, adding on a little jacket, cape, or bolero can be a great way to make your wedding dress pop. Choose from a variety of fur, lace, satin, silk, or embellished designs to find one that suits you and your wedding theme.

Wedding Fashion Trends for Fall

Jul 23, 2009

As brides begin putting the final touches on their autumn wedding plans, it’s important to keep on top of the latest style trends for the season. For brides approaching a September, October, or November wedding date, you may want to keep in mind some of these fantastic trends that are sure to make your wedding day even more unforgettable:

Besides the classic chocolate browns, rusty oranges, and scarlet reds, brides can also take advantage of rich jewel tones such as teal or eggplant during the season. For brides and bridesmaids alike, grays are going to be very popular.

Choosing a gown that features colored embroidery, vines, feathers, brocade, or sequins can add dimension to your entire ensemble. Don’t be afraid to choose gowns that have a bit of drama.

Ultra feminine silhouettes or dramatic details are the secret to capturing the ultimate in fall wedding style. Choose luxurious fabrics that accentuate your best features, unique necklines, or rough accents to give your dress life and personality.

Dressing for Your Body Type: Hourglass

Jul 23, 2009

If you’ve been blessed with the perfect hourglass shape, it can be easy and fun to pick out the wedding gown of your dreams. The key is to dress for your curves and to give your bust and hips that attention that they deserve. By getting the fit right in both these areas is key to looking breathtaking on your wedding day.

To start out with, be sure that you’re choosing dresses that keep it simple. Heavily beaded or accented dresses can tend to make your figure look thicker and heavier. Instead, opt for fabrics that are light, a bit more structured, or flowy. Let your figure do the accenting.

While choosing a cut, keep in mind that bias and straight designs may not be the best fit. Try shopping for a strapless or off the shoulder gown with an a-line, mermaid, or sheath cut. Avoid two-piece dresses that can make you feel like you’re split into two unique figures. Instead, look for dresses that give you a seamless, flowing shape that flatters your body, like this wedding gown from Want to be unique? Go for vintage fashions that are reminiscent of the ultra feminine hourglass shapes of Old Hollywood. Choose gowns that offer these classic silhouettes with a modern twist.

By following our tips and by keeping in mind your unique tastes, you can be sure to find the wedding gown of your dreams in no time. Happy dress hunting!

Necklines Defined: Beyond Halter, Strapless and V-Neck

Jul 23, 2009

Shopping for a dress can be frustrating enough already, but when you add in an entire new language of terms to know, it can become even more demanding. To help you sort through the craziness of finding the right wedding gown, has the perfect guide for defining, understanding, and choosing an uncommon, yet flattering neckline that suits you.

Similar to an off-the shoulder style, this neckline offers more fabric and features a wide, soft scoop from the tip of one shoulder to the tip of the other. A cut that’s great for women with fuller arms and prominent collarbones. Best avoided if you have an undefined collarbone.

Gently following the curve of the collarbone, this neckline is cut straight across to offer a much more conservative look and a flattering appearance to smaller busts. Avoid this style if you have a larger bust size.

Shaped like the top half of a heart, this neckline accentuates your bust and offers a very feminine look.

This neckline sites below the shoulders with sleeves that cover the upper part of the arm. Flattering for both medium or full chested women especially, this neckline is virtually flattering on all figures. However, if you feel uncomfortable about baring your shoulders, you may want to choose something like a portrait style.

Much like a t-shirt, this neckline is round and sits at the base of the throat. It’s a great style for small chested women but not so much if your bust is full.

With a u-shaped neckline, the scoop is a classic. Choose a cut depth that you’re comfortable with to get the look that you want on your wedding day.

Welcome to the Blog!

Jul 23, 2009

Hello there and welcome to the blog! At, we’re committed to providing beautiful wedding dresses, bridesmaid dresses, mother of the bride dresses, and more! We have a brick and mortar store in Greenville, SC, led by the talent and expertise of Dimitra Mandela. Dimitra has over 30 years of dressmaking experience, and has worked with fashion notables including Nolan Miller and Bob Mackie. After being recruited by and working with Stephen Yearick, a famous pageant designer, Dimitra eventually opened up her own salon and operates Dimitra Designs with an extensive array of bridal attire and prom and pageant dresses, as well as the successful prom dress site,

We’ll be posting regularly on wedding-related topics, our favorite wedding dresses, and more. Be sure to keep reading!